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I WITNESS: The first annual ‘Profile in Hypocrisy’ award

The courageous understand the risk they take by telling the truth; cowards and hypocrites demonstrate a commitment to deception, even when the deception is both obvious and detrimental to everyone around them.

NATURE’S TURN: Wood frogs, peepers, wind woo springtime sower

The warmth that thawed the wood frogs thawed my garden beds and gave rise to tiny leafy tops on half a dozen overwintered parsnips.

NATURE’S TURN: On the cusp of winter, Turtle Tree Seeds turns toward spring

Last week, on the eve of the deepest chill and wind chill of the season, I reached into reserves of dogged determination to secure my harvest of fennel, dill, peppers, French sorrel, amaranth and most of the turnips.

NATURE’S TURN: Summery heat coaxes dormant plants and animals into the light

Touring the garden, perennial herbs and flowers, as well as fall-planted garlic that emerged from snowdrifts scarcely two weeks ago, have been growing quickly since the recent heat wave.

NATURE’S TURN: When the earth thaws

As of this writing, deep snow covers the mulch that covers the parsnips and the entire expanse of the raised bed garden is a field of white.

NATURE’S TURN: Winter muse, then arctic freeze, winds transform the landscape

Plants painted with prickly frost crystals sparkled, lit by morning’s first sunbeams. Every sparkle flashed rainbow colors. Each uniquely rimed leaf invited a close-up look.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Life is sweet (especially once temperatures cool down)

Many vegetables become sweeter with cooler temperatures. So do some gardeners, like our author, in hopes that someone will keep him warm during the winter.

NATURE’S TURN: Early morning, early evening in the garden

From about 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and again from 6 p.m. until nearly 9 p.m., give or take half an hour on either side, are most salutary for this gardener.

NATURE’S TURN: Spring harvests, spring sowing

As soon as the weather moderates, it’s open season for sowing seed of cool weather crops.

NATURE’S TURN: Marcescent trees, frost-hardy vegetables

Usually, leeks and the cabbage family survive uncovered until the end of November and beyond. Parsnips left in the ground through winter are prized as a spring treat after the ground thaws.

NATURE’S TURN: Spring planting, summery weather

May 11 through 24, 2015 Mt. Washington -- With the sudden onset of unseasonably hot weather, the vegetable gardener is in a tailspin. We’ve gotten...
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